“I have town hall meetings all the time when people are allowed to come and state their views,” McCain said during one of the interruptions. “One thing we don’t do is interfere with others’ right to free speech but that doesn’t seem to be the case with these people.”
“This may turn into a longer speech than you anticipated,” McCain told those who were forced to wait for him to resume his speech. As some of the protesters were being led away from the event room McCain indirectly addressed their accusations of “endless war.”
“I will never surrender in Iraq, my friends. I will never surrender in Iraq. American troops will come home with victory and honor,” he said.